I hate to say «I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so», which is why I’m very pleased to say that for once my predictions weren’t altogether accurate.
Avid readers may remember how I, in a late December 2016 blog post, appointed the Middle East the new East–West battlefield. Turned out that I was indeed right, but what I failed to see, was the escalation of the Southeast Asian conflict now materialising in North Korea’s armament and the U.S. Navy’s race towards the Korean peninsula’s shores.
Make no mistake about it: We may think the Middle East resembled hell on earth, but I fear we haven’t seen the half of it. With Southeast Asian conflicts on the rise, on top of Russia’s aggressive stance on neighbouring countries, such as Ukraine, it’s safe to say that it’s been some time since we were this close to a potential world war 3, hard as it is to imagine.
Of course it’s all to do with both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s lack of success in domestic affairs and their need to show international force, coupled with fellow madman Kim Jong-un’s megalomaniacal delusions.
While I hate to admit failing to see this development in advance, there’s no denying it’s currently playing out right under our noses, and I, for one, am scared shitless.
But it doesn’t stop there: With Brexit underway, and Spain and the UK fighting over Gibraltar, Europe’s stability is at risk, too.
The situation may be diffused, if parties involved are willing to take a step back. At present, however, that doesn’t seem very likely.
And then, of course, there’s Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
At the risk of repeating myself, I think I’d better repeat myself:
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Top illustration: U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Blogger’s drawing.
Que sera sera
What ever will be will be
We’re gonna kill Argentines
Que sera sera
My British fellow tourists sang on a Spanish beach in the summer of 1982.
The current situation, as we see it unfold, confirms our deepest fears as we saw the early signs of European disintegration last summer, also proving that the EU is and was the most successful peace project ever seen.
Photo: EU flags flying at half-mast in front of the Brussel Berlaymont building on 22 Match 2016, as if in anticipation of events to come. Photo from the European Commission.
While harbouring a strong resentment towards the demolition of the United Kingdom, my distaste for a shattered Europe, in times calling for unity, is even stronger (even if I indeed live in a country sharing Britain’s sentiment).
Ideally the situation calls for a Brexit annullment, but I suppose that’s wishful thinking.
At any rate: Good for you, Scotland!
Illustration: Scottish flag with EU stars. Bloggers drawing.
So much of current UK goings on simply defies any conceivable logic, with one party leader after the other prime minister resigning, as the kingdom itself resigns from the continent to which it belongs. And of course we’re constantly reminded, wherever we look. Like today, for instance, upon seeing a UK-based Facebook friend (and EU migrant) posting this:
What a time to be in the UK.
What. A. Time.
*laughs maniacally with ice cream all over her face*
This Art of Noise 1984 classic, Close (to the edit), extract sprang to mind:
To be in England in the summertime with my love close to the edge
Close to the edge indeed.
Leading to the conclusion that British politics are, perhaps, best described with music, for those rare occasions when you’re at a loss for words:
Inspired by someone on Facebook I made my own version of Joy Division’s classic 1980s 12″ cover, for improved reproduction. Please bear with me for the slightly off typography and the fact that Michael Gove’s backstabbing conduct quickly had him branded as an unfit candidate for prime ministry – and is, therefore, not very likely to tear us apart.
Be that as it may; Something Must Break, said MP included, plus one should never have to look for excuses to play Joy Division: